Martin Boyle

Martin Boyle

Martin Boyle works across diverse mediums his conceptual art includes installation, sculpture, photography, video, and site-specific pieces.

Influenced by ideas of uncertainty expressed in both euphoric and dark Romanticism, by way of a deeper and otherwise unknowable reality behind what we can perceive. Boyle’s recent work taps into this perspective exploring the gap between knowledge and reality through the limits of human reasoning.

In this uncertain place, with no fixed vision of truth, he focuses on experiences that are shareable often exploring our desire for the transformative and the transcendent through meaning making.

His poetic delivery charts human habits and social issues, often drawing out a sense of precariousness or vulnerability in places, by excavating the aspirations and ideologies.

He appropriates readymade objects and found images that are temporarily assembled into a specific form with the potential to be pulled apart and reassembled as something else. This gives an instability in his artwork, which leaves the works open-ended and capable of assuming different meanings.

Boyle (b.1982, Donegal, Ireland) lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He completed a Masters of Fine Art in 2008 at the University Of Ulster, Belfast, and a BA in Sculpture from the Limerick School of Art and Design.

Recent Solo exhibitions include NO:TIME, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland (2020); “Snap!”, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Ireland (2016); Human body’ accident, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2015); Everyting’s Connected, Art Centre Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan (2014); Genuine Replica, Ulster Museum, Belfast (2013). Recent group exhibitions include ART WORKS, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland (2017); Future Artist-Makers, Nerve Visual Gallery, Derry (2017); These Days are Persistent and Changeable, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2016); Diagrams, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2015); Out in the Open, Household Collective, Belfast (2015), Existence of flamethrowers in your street, G126, Galway, Ireland (2015); Scope Art Fair, New York (2013); Instances of Agreement, Kao Yuan Arts Centre, Taiwan (2012).